John Lasseter has been chosen to receive the 2006 Infinite Power of Story Lifetime Achievement Award at LMUs School of Film and Televisions Film Outside the Frame Festival, Oct. 9.
The honor being given to Lasseter, cco of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios and principal creative advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering, is part of the celebration for Film Outside the Frame Festival, which will showcase and award selected outstanding student work from the past year at SFTV.
A Blue-Ribbon panel of judges Oscar-winning visual effects director and supervisor Robert Legato (TITANIC, THE AVIATOR), producer Effie Brown (IN THE CUT, REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES), director Sean McNamara (THATS SO RAVEN, RAISE YOUR VOICE), film critic John Anderson (NEW YORK TIMES, VARIETY), SFTVs full-time festival specialist Kathleen McInnis (director, Slamdance, Palm Springs), writer/director and SFTV film professor Greg Ruzzin (BLUE SKIES ARE A LIE, THE HUNGRY BACHELORS CLUB) and Dean Schwartz (SISTER ACT, BEACHES) will select the top works. Honors will be awarded for Best Narrative Film, Documentary Film, Animated Film, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Animation, Sound Design and the Drier Family Editing Award.
Dean Schwartz, inaugural Dean of the School of Film and Television, says the award to Lasseter fits perfectly with the theme of the festival and vision for SFTV. I have often cited John Lasseters work and Pixar as the gold standard for master visual storytelling grounded in humanism where one can explore the entire complex range of the human spirit delighting, entertaining, engaging and transforming audiences all at once. Its a hallmark of all Pixar and Johns remarkable films, that in addition to their astonishing artistry and technology, they are so infinitely memorable for their powerful stories, richly detailed characters and heartfelt emotions. He is the pre-eminent storyteller of our time, and I cant imagine a more deserving honoree.
We are thrilled to honor John Lasseter at Film Outside the Frame. And, it is so special to award our outstanding student filmmakers. We believe that it is through the infinite power of their stories and images that SFTV will take a leading role in helping to shape the creative global community for now and the future. Its a very exciting time to be at SFTV, says Schwartz.